The owner of Downtown Fine Spirits and Wines will sell bottles of the coveted Bristol Brewing’s Venetucci Pumpkin Ale at cost this year.
The catch is he is asking beer buyers to make a donation to Venetucci Farms.
“I am asking them to donate whatever they feel comfortable donating,” said Greg Huesgen.
He said controversy arose last year over some Pumpkin beer sales after a few store owners were accused of charging excessive prices for the beer. The beer has high customer demand and limited distribution, and made it on Time magazine’s list of “eight great pumpkin beers for Halloween” from across the country.
Some vendors reportedly sold the 22-ounce bottles for up to $25 last fall. It costs $6 at the brewery. Huesgen won’t know the exact cost of the beer until it is delivered, but past “at cost” prices have ranged between $4 and $4.50 a bottle, he said.
“We get a very limited supply, and demand outstrips that supply, he said. “If I get 36 to 48 bottles, I will be happy.”
Huesgen said the majority of Pumpkin beer he receives will be sold to his loyal customers. He will sell whatever is left to the public. Huesgen said the company donates the proceeds from the beer to Venetucci Farms.
“I don’t want to profit from the sales of the beer,” Huesgen said. “This is giving a bit back to the community, as every body should do.”
Downtown Fine Spirits and Wines is located at 103 S. Wahsatch Ave.
Bristol Brewing has set a target distribution date of Oct. 17 for its Pumpkin beer.